€ 2.100 - 4.100 per week
Sleeps: 8 + 1
Style: Country chic
Swimming pool: SHARED
Fenced-in property: NO
Floor area: 190 sq.mt. (2045 sq.ft.)
HERB GARDEN TASTING LUNCH INCLUDED
Villa Iris is part of an ancient rural hamlet located on the slopes of the Pratomagno mountain range, less than an hour's drive from Florence and Arezzo. It sits 650 meters (2135 feet) above sea level in an enchanting position with a magical view that encompasses the Arno valley and the verdant hills of Chianti. The hamlet originated around the year 1000 AD and was active up until the years following the Second World War. In the late 1990s the current owners decided to renovate the buildings following the principles of bio-architecture. Skilfully and tastefully renovated, the hamlet today has been transformed into a charming and unique eco-sustainable organic farm and holiday getaway, in tune with nature yet sophisticated and elegant. Respect for the environment and a focus on simplicity guided the restoration work of the farmhouse and other buildings.
Villa Iris is an independent villa that shares the estate with the main farmhouse which houses several holiday apartments, the chapel and other buildings that once formed the ancient hamlet. It has its own private gardens and shares a swimming pool with the other guests of the estate. An organic vegetable garden is made available for guests as well as the unique aromatic herb garden, the true heart of this farmstead.
From May to September, exclusively for guests of the estate, the owners organize complimentary tastings from the herb garden every Monday, weather permitting. After an introduction to the plants, together with the guests they pick herbs and vegetables from the kitchen garden and prepare a simple but complete tasting menu. It is a fun and engaging experience and gives visitors real insight into the lifestyle in this corner of Tuscany.
The elevated position of the property makes for a comfortable setting and the villa stays cool even in hot summer months. A pleasant breeze often accompanies bright mornings and lazy afternoons.
The elegant and independent villa has its own entrance and reserved parking. The home is spread over two levels. On the ground floor is a spacious sitting room with a fireplace and a large, fully-equipped kitchen with dishwasher and washing machine. On the second floor, at the top of stairs is another sitting room with fireplace where there is a small sofabed. Adjacent are four double bedrooms and three bathrooms, two of which are en-suite. The refined decor and bright spaces make Villa Iris a wonderfully cozy and comfortable home for family and friends seeking to spend true quality time together.
The owners have chosen to maintain the beauty and poetry of their oasis by doing without televisions so that guests may truly appreciate the beauty and stillness of the area and appreciate its real value. In line with their environmentally respectful philosophy, the soaps and detergents available for guests are organic, as are those used to wash linen and towels. The home's electrical appliances and light bulbs are low-energy consumption and guests are asked to pitch in in recycling waste.
There are thick forests of oak, chestnut and pine where mushrooms and wild herbs grow. The whole area is a heaven for wildlife, hawks can often be seen circling overhead, deer graze on the wooded forest slopes, hare dart along country tracks, and one might even be lucky enough to spot a wild boar by night as it strays from its hiding place amongst the trees. Villa Iris is an ideal choice for those seeking simple pleasures amidst the peace and tranquillity of this land. It is perfect for nature walks and mountain-biking with lots of hidden treasures to explore, or even just for relax, enjoying a good book or for chatting with friends.
The farmhouse is surrounded by a large, exclusive garden (600sq.mt.) with a lovely space for al fresco dining. Guest can have fun making pizza in the brick oven or cooking up a scrumptious barbecue together outdoors.
The estate offers unique aromatic herbs cooking classes for learning how to make fancy and unique dishes, special in-house herb dinners for those who prefer to savor the dishes without any effort, and special gardening classes for those interested in replicating this paradise back in their own home.
BEDROOM / BATHROOM DESCRIPTIONS
Bedroom 1: king size bed (or 2 twins), en-suite bath with tub, window screens, direct access to garden
Bedroom 2: double bed (or 2 twins), ensuite-bath with shower, window screens, direct access to garden
Bedroom 3: double bed (or 2 twins), bath with tub shared with Bedroom 4, window screens
Bedroom 4: double bed (or 2 twins), bath with tub shared with Bedroom 3, window screens
Please note: There is no air-conditioning available in the villa because its thick ancient stone walls keep the indoor temperature cool even during summer months.
Please note there is a 300mt stretch of unpaved road leading up to the villa.
|Period begins||Rate per night||rate per week||Minimum stay|
|Jun 28 - Aug 29, 2014||----||¤4100||7|
|Aug 30 - Sept 26, 2014||¤470||¤3100||5|
|Sept 27 - Dec 19, 2014||¤320||¤2100||2|
|Dec 20, 2015 - Jan 6, 2015||¤600||¤4100||3|
|Jan 7 - Apr 3, 2015||¤320||¤2100||2|
|Apr 4 - Jun 26, 2015||¤470||¤3100||5|
|Jun 27 - Aug 28, 2015||----||¤4100||7|
|Aug 29 - Sept 25, 2015||¤470||¤3100||5|
|Sept 26 - Dec 18, 2015||¤320||¤2100||2|
|Dec 19, 2015 - Jan 6, 2016||¤600||¤4100||3|
SHARED SWIMMING POOL
GARDEN CHAIRS & TABLES
PLAYGROUND FOR KIDS
FLOOR FANS (on request)
WIFI INTERNET CONNECTION
AMERICAN COFFEE MAKER
ITALIAN MOKA COFFEE MAKER
Included in rates
LINEN & TOWEL CHANGE: once a week
MAID SERVICE: once a week
WELCOME BASKET WITH LOCAL ORGANIC PRODUCTS
HERB GARDEN TASTING EXPERIENCE: on Mondays from May-Sept
FAREWELL DINNER WITH PERSONAL CHEF
Not included in rates
HEATING: ¤2.50 per hour
FINAL CLEANING: ¤100
FRESH BREAD & CROISSANTS FOR BREAKFAST: market price
FULL BREAKFAST: ¤8 per person per day
EXTRA MAID SERVICE: ¤20 per hour
EXTRA LINEN & TOWEL CHANGE: ¤8 per person
BABY COT & HIGH CHAIR: ¤20 per week
HERBAL COOKING LESSON
GUIDED HIKE & BARBECUE DINNER
MOUNTAIN BIKES: ¤10 per day
ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
BIKE / SCOOTER / CAR RENTAL
4:00pm - 8:00pm
¤200 in cash upon arrival (to be returned at check-out)
A 30% deposit is due within 7 days of rental confirmation.
The remaining balance is due upon arrival.
For cancellations made in writing to La Dolce Toscana within 61 days before start of rental period, a penalty of 30% of full rental price will be charged.
Cancellations made from 60 to 41 days before start of rental period, a penalty of 50% of full rental price will be charged.
Cancellations made from 40 to 11 days before start of rental period, a penalty of 70% of full rental price will be charged.
Cancellations made from 10 to 0 days before start of rental period, for no shows or early departures, a penalty of 100% of full rental price will be charged.
CLOSEST TOWN: 8km (5mi)
FLORENCE AIRPORT: 73km (45mi)
Greve in Chianti 48km (30mi)
Arezzo 51km (32mi)
Florence 60km (37mi)
Siena 72km (45mi)
Montepulciano 83km (52mi)
Cortona 90km (56mi)
San Gimignano 103km (64mi)
Perugia 125km (78mi)
Assisi 145km (90mi)
Pisa 151km (94mi)
Rome 253km (157mi)
The Mall Luxury Outlets 40km (25mi)
Valdichiana Outlet Village 70km (44mi)
Barberino Outlet Village 95km (59mi)